Dental Ethics and the Digital Age, 2nd edition


About the Course
The practice of dentistry is multifaceted. Not only must dental professionals possess the technical skills to treat patients appropriately and safely; they must also practice within a professional ethical framework that is sometimes more challenging than the dental procedures themselves. Dental ethics have deep roots in history, and this course will take an in-depth look at the events that forged the basis of modern-day ethics and professionalism in dentistry.

The electronic world is expanding exponentially, and all dental professionals face the challenge of keeping up with the rapid advances in technology. Dental professionals have the opportunity to use technology in their practices and private lives, but they must consider the ethical implications. This course will explore these issues, including the sensitive issue of cyberbullying and the dentist’s obligation in such cases.

This basic-level course will help dental professionals gain a better understanding of dental ethics, professionalism, and current ethical challenges, with a particular emphasis on the impact of the digital age. A section of this course will address the ways that the law and ethics intersect. Through a systematic, case-based approach, this course will provide dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with the tools to recognize and navigate the complex ethical issues that may arise in practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the evolution of healthcare ethics, including events that affected development of the principles of ethics that guide the dental profession.
  • Describe how codes of ethics and concepts of professionalism guide the dental practitioner’s relationships and obligations.
  • Discuss the relationship of ethics to legal obligations.
  • Identify current and emerging ethical challenges facing dental professionals.
  • Describe how ethical decision making models help dental professionals recognize and address ethical dilemmas in practice.

About the Author
Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA, is an associate professor and associate dean for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Illinois. She is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and current president of the American Society for Dental Ethics, a special section of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Roucka obtained her DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and master’s degree in population health – bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Roucka is a nationally recognized speaker and has written extensively on the subject of ethics in dentistry. She currently writes a regular ethics column for General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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